Race and Education

This collection of documents (see link below) presents a sample of the British Library’s archival material from African, Caribbean, and Asian communities in the UK to trace the impact of race and racism on young people’s educational experiences from the 1960s - 1980s. It is part of the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) initiative to highlight the benefits of archival research in sociology. As a result, the BSA partnered with the British Library (BL) to establish the ‘Sociology in the archives’ project.

Racism has a significant impact on different aspects of the lives of immigrants and racialised minority communities in Britain. Alongside anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, demands for ‘assimilation’ and ‘integration’, and criminalisation and securitisation of particular communities, inequalities in terms of access to education among other public services disproportionately affect youth from African, Caribbean, Asian and other immigrant, and racialised minority groups. However, in the face of these challenges, members of African, Caribbean and Asian communities have a rich tradition of activism and community-led programmes in order to provide support and advocate for better conditions and social justice for young people. This collection presents examples of such initiatives.

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